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Jones’ dash home wild end to OC win

Jones’ dash home wild end to OC win
Jones’ dash home wild end to OC win | Jones’ dash home wild end to OC win
Rachel Jones raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to lift Obion Central to a 6-5 victory over South Gibson in the first round of the District 13AA Softball Tournament Wednesday night.
The win sends the Lady Rebels (31-11) into the winner’s bracket semifinals where they’ll play Dyersburg, Friday night at 8 on the Lady Trojans’ homefield.
Westview and Covington will square off in the other matchup in the top half of the bracket after winning games vs. Ripley and Milan, respectively, on Wednesday.
Action in the double-elimination event will continue next week after Friday’s play with the championship scheduled for Wednesday night.
The top two teams will advance to the Region 7AA Tournament, beginning May 14.
Jones’ two-out double jump-started Central’s game-winning rally with the second of her two doubles.
Alex Wilson and Carly Whipple then both walked to load the bases before a 1-1 pitch to Emily Pickard skipped to the backstop, allowing Jones to dart home.
Pickard had a big day at the plate with a triple, a single and four RBIs.
Jones doubled twice in addition to scoring the game-winner, while Payton Robertson tripled and drove in a run. Whipple had Central’s other RBI.
Pickard’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run Obion Central first inning and she actually scored on her poke to rightfield when SG had trouble with the relay.
The Lady Rebels led 4-0 before the visitors finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth, and Obion Central was up 5-2 before the Hornets rallied with a run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth.
South Gibson, which bunted successfully on several occasions, actually ran itself out of a chance to take the lead on the bases and had the leading run erased at the plate in the sixth.
Macy Allison picked up her 18th win of the season with a route-going pitching performance. Allison gave up 11 hits, struck out two and walked one. Published in The Messenger 5.3.12

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